Dandelion honey, despite its name, is a honey not made from bee’s. Making it a perfect substitute for vegans. Dandelion honey is in fact a product you can make at home, in your own kitchen, using your own weeds form the garden – I do love recycling.
According to the University College London, 32% of brits take sugar in their tea, but who said you couldn’t flavour your sweetener for a little something extra in your brew. It also complements certain herbal tea’s beautifully. We tried this recipe with our own Berry Peppermint and Lavender Bliss tea’s and loved it.
Below I will share a recipe I like to follow when making my own. Feel free to alter the lemon content and of course, for more honey just increase the volumes.
Dandelion Honey Recipe
- 1 teacup Dandelion Petels
- 2 slices Lemon
- 4 tbs Sugar (Roughly, see method)
- 1 teacup Water
- Remove the dandelion petals from the green centre part of the flower.
- Soak the petals in cold water for about 5 minutes. This will clean them and will remove and bugs living in the flower.
- Add the petals, lemon and water into a pan and bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat down to a simmer and add a lid to the pan. Leave the mixture for about 30 minutes.
- Remove from the head and leave the leaves to infuse overnight.
- Strain the dandelions from the water. You can do this by either scooping them out of the pan or by pouring the mixture out of the pan and into a jug so that you can add the liquid back into the pan once the dandelions are all out.
- Squeeze the liquid out of the dandelions into the pan with the remaining water. You can do this by squeezing them in your hand, in some muslin cloth or through your strainer.
- Weigh the remaining liquid, and then weigh out the same weight in sugar.
- Bring the remaining liquid to a low boil, then gradually add the sugar to the mixture whilst stirring.
- Reduce the heat and leave it to simmer until the mixture reduces into a honey like consistency.